Randonée, ski touring, ski mountaineering and extreme skiing are all terms used to describe a new way of experiencing the world of backcountry skiing that is rapidly gaining popularity in the US. These forms of skiing can be extremely dangerous if done without considering the hazards of avalanches, uncontrolled falls in steep terrain, fatigue, and mountain weather. Alpine touring gear, also known as randonée gear, offers all the benefits of telemark or cross-country ski gear with the added power and control of downhill skis and bindings. The pursuit of fresh fallen snow and new challenges draw hundreds off the ski slopes and into the backcountry each year.
- Learn about the gear needed to ski in the backcountry
- Get a better understanding of how to "skin" uphill